Merton St. & Yonge/Davisville
ABOUT MERTON ST. & YONGE/DAVISVILLE
Davisville Village is an area of Toronto near the intersection of Davisville Avenue and Yonge Street. There is a subway station named Davisville at this intersection. The area directly abuts Mount Pleasant Cemetery, and has a large number of massive apartment and condominium complexes built between the 1970s and the 2000s, as well as a number of office buildings. The area is an attractive area in Midtown Toronto between St Clair and Eglinton.
HISTORY OF MERTON ST. & YONGE/DAVISVILLE
Davisville was founded by John Davis in 1840. Davis opened the first post office in the neighbourhood and served as the post-master. The building that housed the original post office is currently a Starbucks at the North-East corner of Yonge Street and Davisville Avenue. John Davis also started Davisville Pottery Company, which was the largest employer in the neighbourhood for several years.
In 1911 Davis sold a large portion of the land to Dovercourt Development Company to be developed. Many single family homes were built between the 1920s-1930s and still exist today. In the 1970s condominium towers and apartment buildings began to develop in the neighbourhood and in 2007 the Minto Midtown Quantum towers were completed.
SCHOOLS IN MERTON ST. & YONGE/DAVISVILLE
(P) Davisville Jr. School, 43 Millwood Road, (416) 393-0570
(P) Metro Toronto School for the Deaf, 43 Millwood Road, (416) 393-0630
(P) Eglinton Jr. School, 223 Eglinton Avenue East, (416) 393-9315
(P) Hodgson Sr. School, 282 Davisville Ave, (416) 393-0390
(P) Maurice Cody Jr. & Sr., 364 Belsize Drive, (416) 393-9240
(P) Spectrum Sr. Alternative School, 223 Eglinton Avenue East, (416) 393-9311
(PH) North Toronto Collegiate Institute, 70 Roehampton Avenue, (416) 393-9180
(PH) Northern Secondary School, 851 Mt. Pleasant Road, (416) 393-0270
(P) Public School, (PH) Public High School, (CA) Catholic School, (PR) Private School, (PC) Private Catholic School, (PJ) Private Jewish School, (C) College, (U) University
PARKS AND GREENSPACES IN THE MERTON ST. & YONGE/DAVISVILLE AREA
Oriole Park – 201 Oriole Parkway Toronto, ON M5P 2H4
Oriole Park is special to the community in that it contains the first playground designed for children with disabilities.Neshama Playground has a water park, sensory musical features, Braille panels, an enclosed merry-go-round and accessible swings.
Eglinton Park – 200 Eglinton Ave W Toronto, ON, M1P 4N7
The park has two baseball diamonds, soccer fields, a splash pool, and a kids playground. Outdoor tennis courts are turned into skating rinks in the winter. Also located in the park is the North Toronto Community Memorial Centre with an indoor pool, outdoor pool, water slides, gymnasium, walking track, and exercise rooms. There is also an indoor skating rink.
Moorevale Park– 175 Moore Avenue Toronto, ON, M4T 1V8
A 1.5 hectare park near St.Clair Avenue East and Mount Pleasant Road that features five lighted outdoor tennis courts, a lighted lawn bowling green and club house, a wading pool, children’s playground, sport field and a baseball diamond. The park is home to the Moore Park Tennis Club and the Moore Park Lawn Bowling Club. Moorevale Park is a nicely shaded park with lots of beautiful trees. There are washroom facilities in the clubhouse and parking is available on the street.
Stretching roughly three kilometers and located in Toronto’s Rosehill neighbourhood, the Rosehill Reservoir provides one of the most beautiful walking excursions that you’ll likely find in the city. With three main entrances (at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, at David A Balfour Park, and from St. Clair Ave. at theAvoca St. bridge) the reservoir is easily accessible for a person to go for a nice stroll or to walk their dog. The City of Toronto has built wooden staircases and walking trails on the west side of the reservoir for both convenience and to ensure that a little bad weather doesn’t stave off any potential wanderers.
The reservoir is home to beautiful woods and flowers and even the odd wild animal sighting (even in Toronto this is one spot that you could still happen across a deer or fox). Below the Avoca St. bridge, there’s also some incredible grafitti art to be found. Stretching forty feet from side to side and nearly five stories from the ground, the underside of the bridge is covered in expansive spray-painted murals and tags, demonstrating a gorgeous juxtaposition betweenthe simple colours of nature and the wide variety used in the art world.
LIBRARIES IN THE MERTON ST. & YONGE/DAVISVILLE AREA
- Deer Park Library – 40 Saint Clair Avenue East, (416) 393-7657
- Mount Pleasant Branch Library – 599 Mount Pleasant Road, (416) 393-7737
- Toronto Public Library – (416) 393-7610
- Forest Hill Library – 700 Eglinton Avenue West, (416) 393-7706
- Spadina Road Library – 10 Spadina Road, 416-393-7666
- Toronto Public Library-Yorkville, 22 Yorkville Ave., 416-393-7660
- Toronto Reference Library – 789 Yonge Street, (416) 395-5577
REASONS TO BUY A HOME IN MERTON ST. & YONGE / DAVISVILLE
Merton Street & Yonge / Davisville is a highly sought after area for real estate. Here are some of the many reasons why people flock to this location:
– Centrally located on the Yonge Street corridor.
– Close to many offices and work opportunities and a short commute to most areas.
– Extremely short TTC commute to downtown Toronto from the Eglinton and Davisville subway stations.
– Great neighbourhood amenities including shopping, restaurants, bars, and nightlife.